New Snapdragon 800 MDP benchmarks make us think we'll see real world difference with this one

New Snapdragon 800 MDP benchmarks make us think we'll see real world difference with this one
In general, when we see benchmark results that blow the roof off of what we've seen before, there is always the question in the back of our minds, "Okay, but will it actually matter in real world usage?" For the most part, differences in benchmarks are designed for the spec fetishists, and don't make much difference in the real world. But, new benchmarks from the Snapdragon 800 MDP make us think that this time around, we'd feel the difference.

Engadget got to play with the Qualcomm reference devices for the Snapdragon 800 Mobile Development Platform (MDP), and the results were staggering. The phone and tablet were each running the Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974) with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The rest of the specs don't really matter, since this is about the benchmarks. 

And, those scores are crazy. Both devices posted a Quadrant score that was about 5x higher than the HTC One X (the closest reference on the image). The Quadrant scores clocked in at about 20,500, which is quite a bit higher than what we've seen with the Snapdragon 600 and Exynos 5 Octa, which each clocked in at about 13,000 or so. 

source: Engadget



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Sony Xperia zu...

9. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

..and Honami.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia too. but don't know which phone maybe phablet.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

not sony. no.

3. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Can you observe the difference snapdragon 600 and 800 without using benchmark apps?

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The point of this article is that PhoneArena is betting, based on benchmark scores, the difference will be observable. Since the 800 hasn't been featured in any devices yet, we don't know for sure.

19. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Well due to the faster GPU I'd think the 'real world' difference would be a smoother UI and less jankiness for 1080p screens (I've noticed a little on the S4 I own) Apps would load a tad bit faster, but nowadays the improvements are by milliseconds so it'd be barely noticeable by the average guy. Poorly optimized code/apps would probably see a bigger boost I guess.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Poorly optimized code/apps would probably see a bigger boost I guess." Yup-per. It would make poorly optimized apps run as if they had been designed for the device. UI performance would give a new meaning to butter (as in buttery smooth).

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Great benchmarks but at what clock speed? How about trying S800 vs Exynos at 1.6ghz and see who is faster... (I assume the S800 will be, but need to compare apples to apples)

35. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

at 1.6 ghz octa will be faster but s800 will be noticeably more power efficient . we have to consider performance / power draw(TDP). since octa can not be clocked even at 2ghz(thermal limit) so effectively s800 offers more performance but at higher clock speed.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

With the benchmark score difference of more than 5k, i think real world performance can be differentiated from the rest.

22. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

This is 5X


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8. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Whoa even exynos octa are crushed by this considering it is the strongest avaible soc right now

10. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

"blow the roof off" has a whole new meaning now :-D

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

And to think, just a few years ago a Quadrant score of 1,000 was considered impressive.

12. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Impressive! This will be in the Galaxy Note 3.

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

No they will put a crappy exynos 5 in it

29. Carlitos

Posts: 663; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Since when are Exynos processors crappy?

14. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

If you are not playing games on your smartphone, why do you need these insane speeds for??

25. Itchi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

If you are not playing games, your clockspeed should stay so low that you will notice this in your battery life;-) Thus better processors also result in a lower clockspeed for normal usage

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011


16. varuntis1993

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

i think intel silvermont will give it a tough competion.....:)

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It should be about double the power of this while getting better battery life, intel has nothing to worry about.

26. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Wow, what utter BS How deluded, biased and clueless can you be? This SoC scores a bit over 4000 in geekbench. The Haswell in new Macbook Air scores a bit over 6000. So I guess your omnipotent Silvermont will absolutely trash the 3 times more expensive, most advanced Intel chip too!!

20. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Good for tablets... S600 would suffice for phones....

23. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nvidia is also coming strongly with their chipsets.

24. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

This happens when uneducated people talk about technology. If you put any trust in Quadrant scores you could use them to prove that dancing naked for 5 minutes in your garden affects device performance.

27. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Considering the fact that this runs at 2.3GHz, of course it will benchmark higher than any other SoC, now if we had the upcoming Tegra, the Exynos 5 Octa and the S800 clocked at 2.3GHz, THEN we'd see which is truly the best... although, I wonder, how do all these chips compare to the Apple A6X chip in the iPad4? Are we still waiting for a challenger or has it been beaten?

28. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And there's a reason why they are not clocked that high... thermal and battery efficiency, or lack of. The high clock of this doesn't take away from this, it adds to it. The battery life and thermal efficiency of this destroy the other two chips as the other two, at 2.3gHz would destroy probably most tablets let alone phones. I can't understand why you think it takes away from the s800. The exynos and tegra have failed in this generation. When will you understand that?

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